"I'd encourage any young reader to scan their libraries
and bookstores for more splendid nonfiction by [Cheryl] Harness."
                                - Knoxville News-Sentinel

What's new, book-wise:  

NEW! For what may prove to be my last book (unless the future holds, as it's been known to do, some life-changing surprise) I was asked to write a biography: HILLARY CLINTON: AMERICAN WOMAN of the WORLD.

So as to have the hardcover edition published in time for the Democrats' convention, in July 2016, the text came to an end a few months prior, in January. You can read about November's fateful Election Day and a bit of its aftermath in the updated, paperback edition, which was published in September 2017.

NEW! I just love this color sketch for the cover of my new book: Flags Over America. It's a picture book history of flags, especially America's. It's due out from Albert Whitman & Co. on the first of September 2014. And, just for you to know, mid-Sept will make 200 YEARS since Francis Scott Key wrote his poem about the Star Spangled Banner.





  • Mary Walker Wears the Pants: The True Story of the Doctor, Reformer, and Civil War Hero. Published by Albert Whitman & Co. Proud I was to write this book about stubborn, idealistic Dr. Mary Edwards Walker, a woman well worth knowing and the ONLY woman ever to be awarded the Medal of Honor for valor in battle. The handsome illustrations are done by Carlo Molinari.

    New York Times:
    "a smart portrait of a conventional woman..."

    School Library Journal:
    "The child-friendly text, peppered with colorful quotes and descriptions, works both as a read-aloud and a read alone to bring this little-known heroine to life."

    Kirkus Reviews:
    "...a welcome window into an important American life."




  • If I've got a masterpiece, this is it: My historical, coming-of-age novel, Just For You to Know, set in Missouri 1963-1964. It's now available on KINDLE, or feel free to CONTACT ME & once I've done my happy dance I'll write back & let you know how you can have a signed paperback copy of this darling of my heart for your very own.

    School Library Journal:
    "Especially true and tender."

  • Learn about some VERY brave adventurers and see my illustrations in WOMEN EXPLORERS, written by Julie Cummins (Dial Spring 2012). This is a follow-up to our WOMEN EXPLORERS (Dutton 2008). Both are collections of brief, lively & informative bios of real-life, most-xtraordinary women.

Read on!  



More than an ordinary coloring book, this is a collection of 25 detailed (8 ” by 11”) drawings of the people and places in the life of Laura Ingalls Wilder, much-loved Missouri author. The pictures can be enjoyed on their own OR you can make them even more beauteous with your crayons or colored pencils. I’ve added a Maps and a Chronology, loaded with significant dates in Laura’s life and in those of her dear ones. There’s contact information, too, for the many L.I.W. sites around the country and on the web, as well as an introduction written by L.I.W. biographer, William Anderson. Curious to see an example of the illustrations? CLICK on my Coloring Pages.






Women Explorers

The Literary Adventures of Washington Irving

The Groundbreaking, Chance-Taking Life of George Washington Carver AND Science & Invention in America

Women Daredevils

The Trailblazing Life of Daniel Boone and How Early Americans Took to the Road

The Remarkable, Rough-Riding Life of Theodore
Roosevelt and the Rise of Empire America

The Tragic Tale of Narcissa Whitman and a Faithful
 History of the Oregon Trail

The Adventurous Life of Myles Standish and the
Amazing-but-True Survival Story of Plymouth Colony

M is for Mount Rushmore

The Remarkable Benjamin Franklin

Our Colonial Year

Franklin & Eleanor

Ghosts of the Nile

Thomas Jefferson

The Revolutionary John Adams

Rabble Rousers, 20 Women who made a difference


Ghosts of the Civil War

Remember the Ladies

George Washington

Ghosts of the 20th Century

Midnight in the Cemetery

Mark Twain and the Queens of the Mississippi

Young Teddy Roosevelt

Ghosts of the White House

Abe Lincoln Goes to Washington

They're Off! The Story of the Pony Express

Young Abe Lincoln 1809 - 1837

PaPa's Christmas Gift

The Amazing Impossible Erie Canal

Young John Quincy

Three Young Pilgrims

The Queen with Bees in Her Hair

(click on books for links and more illustration)

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